Webcomic / Astray 3
is a webcomic by Eldon Cowgur.
Emily Hargrove hates her purposeless, day-to-day life. Her escape from it are particularly colorful dreams
and daydreams, which make her drift off and perpetually late, not endearing authority figures to her at all.When a well-meaning coworker hides her from their Mean Boss
in a cupboard, Emily instantly finds herself Trapped in Another World
straight out of her imagination.And it's not half as nice as it should be
Read it here
. Unfortunately, the last strip was posted on September 19th 2011 and we haven't heard from the author since.
There are signs of life on June 11, 2017 the author created a new website and made a post, the comic will be appearing here
and you can read all the old strips here
. The new strips may be a reboot.
Contains the following tropes:
- Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: In the middle of Emily's Roofhopping to escape the chase in chapter 9, we get introduced to Umway by means of a scene in which he's enjoying seafood.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Fidolus's first words are this and Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness. Most of his words are Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
Fidolus: Desist you ponderous pile of perfidious filth!
- After-Action Patch-Up: Emily, on herself here. With dental floss. She uses the remains of her hoodie, too.
Emily: At least watching Brit gangster films is going to pay off.
- The Alcatraz: The Murbin jail might be one. It's filthy enough.
- Alien Sea: Of conveyor belts.
- Alien Sky: "Hey!! Where is the sun!!"
- Aliens Speaking English: Averted Trope ( until halfway through chapter six). Shown with a constructed writing system in their Speech Bubbles. Commented on by Emily.
Emily: Just great, the one time my imagination chooses not to speak English.
- Alternative Calendar: Emily arrived in Fuungahi on 30th lou of Qual.
- Arm Cannon: Fidolus's legs are replaced by a machine gun.
- Batter Up: Emily's feeling badass.
- Batman in My Basement: Emily ends up as the Batman in this scenario for Ramon and his family.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Where do we start... There's the whole water-being-way-more-of-an-acid-to-them-than-to-humans thing (see Kill It with Water). Nunagrums (females, at least) can make themselves give off quite strong light. Mr. Featherton has wheels instead of feet.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Nunagrums. Only their females are sentient. Thunga, turns out, is one.
- Blind Without Them: Emily complains about this after losing her glasses.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: An... oddly literal example in Fuungahi. It's stone and marks the city as cursed.
- Burger Fool: Emily's mother considers her job to be this. Not that Emily disagrees.
- Bury Your Disabled: Fidolus buries himself (still living) despite Emily's protests.
- Catapult Nightmare: Emily has these.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Speculated on here and here (spoilerrific!)
- Cluster F-Bomb: Wneh all else fails...
- Clothing Damage: Emily's clothes get increasingly torn.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: To be fair, it is Emily's fault partly. But Thunga thinks it's Honour Before Reason. And she definitely Didn't Think This Through.
Emily: I'm choosing to take responsibility for my actions now.
- The Corruption: The nature of curse on Fuungahi, affects both living inhabitants and buildings replacing parts of them with bits of human world.
- Crazy-Prepared: Emily has all kinds of things in her backpack. And she is creative about using them.
- Deadpan Snarker: Emily's other shield from the world, apart from the fantasising. Umway snarks a lot, too.
- Diary: Emily starts one while waiting for the rainy season to end. It's sort of a Breather Episode inbetween the action.
- Dismotivation: Emily hates her life, but can't get the courage to do anything about it, so she escapes into fantasies.
- Down the Rabbit Hole: Emily gets locked in the cupboard. She immediately faces weird creatures.
- Dramatic Unmask: Can't go much more dramatic than Emily is here. With a swish of her cape. In front of a Powder Keg Crowd out for her blood.
- Dream Intro: Interrupted by the alarm clock.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Emily remarks on how clishe it is. And that the warden uniform stinks.
- Exposition Diagram: Ramon has a (very alien) projector he uses to give Emily exposition on Fuungahi golden age and what ended it.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Emily's run through upper Fuungahi starts with an umbrella turning to be living and hungry for her. Then it goes downhill.
- Fantastic Racism: Citizens of Fuungahi want no strays in their city as they associate them with humans.
- Fish out of Water
- Follow the Chaos: How the military determines where Emily is.
- Fowl-Mouthed Parrot: "The space parrot ostrich thing", or mr. Featherton as Emily calls him, parrots her speech, especially the cuss words. Also has colourful plumage like a parrot. Crossed with a hen. On wheels. It's that kind of world.
- Friend to All Children: Emily. Even the children of the probably bad guys, as seen here. The person she loves most seems to be her baby brother.
- Gentle Giant: Thunga holds Emily back from her Hot-Blooded tendencies and generally is the silent voice of reason, who also towers over her and many denizens of this world. With the strength to match.
- Hidden Elf Village: New England. Its leader has left a letter with Ramon for all the new arrivals to read and a map enclosed, just in case.
- Horse of a Different Color: Space parrot ostrich mr. Featherton. Also the rolling beetle thing.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: Bit more literal than usually. Very jerkass Reality Warpers. With an actual religion centered on them, which doesn't help the jerkass tendencies.
- Idea Bulb: Emily gets one here.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Emily does it several times when particularly stressed.
- Intoxication Ensues: Soumi has an effect on Emily. Thankfully, it's nothing worse than what a couple of drinks would do.
- Illegal Religion: Cult of Man is currently prosecuted in Fuungahi. Still going on strong with a very crazy group of fanatics.
- It's All About Me: Emily is accused of this by Umway and Fidolus. Whether she's accused rightly... judge for yourself.
- Kids Are Cruel: A human child, on a whim, caused society collapse in Fuungahi. Parents (on purpose) caused a plague, though. See Humans Are Cthulhu.
- Kill It with Water: Everything on the alien world! Water is a dangerous substance there (used for etching), which poses problems to Emily, but also allows her to melt baddies faces with a sneeze.
- Mean Boss: Jerry.
- Mini-Mecha: Umway travels in a nice one.
- Multicultural Alien Planet: Well, it's an entire world. With politics.
- Narrative Filigree: Fuungahi has a rich culture, of which we see a glimpse, mainly through Emily's journal.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: "A true human can't be hurt".
- No Biochemical Barriers: Improbably averted here.
- Oh, Crap!: Finding herself someplace else...
- Petting Zoo People: Umway really resembles a killer whale. An Emily-sized, bipedal, snarky, suave killer whale. Hence the nickname, Willy.
- Powder Keg Crowd: Pretty impressive one in chapter 9.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Used as means of prisoner control in the Murbin jail. Don't work on humans or strays.
- Quit Your Whining: Umway has had enough of Emily's ego...
Umway: If you are waiting for someone to stroll along and drop perfect answers in your lap, it ain't gonna happen.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Balor, we hope.
- Sabotutor: Ramon's sons dislike Emily, so when she tries to learn the local language, they teach her swear words instead of nouns.
- Save Your Deity: Thunga is a believer in man, so her rescue of Emily is a bit of this.
- Shout-Out: Two for the price of one.
Emily: Mister Willy, tear down this wall!
- Super Strength: All humans and strays in the other world. Emily discovers she has it while fighting the wardens.
Emily: Hehe!! Guess who just became a badass!!
- Surreal Horror: A lot. Upper Fuungahi takes the cake.
Bizarre oven monster: I want to bake your head!
- Symbol Swearing: Sometimes even by those who don't speak English.
- Terror Hero: Emily's leveling up in badass consists of her learning this.
- That Was Not a Dream: Emily thinks she's dreaming for a while. No such luck, though.
- Wardens Are Evil: In the Murbin jail where Emily finds herself, they seem pretty mean.
- We Need a Distraction: Thought by Emily during the impromptu Great Escape of hers. One presents itself, but Emily's companion has a Chronic Hero Syndrome and they end up trying to "save the space parrot ostrich thing".
- Your Head A-Splode: Since the guy had a bunch of grenades attached to it.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Umway who, infuriatingly, seems to know what's going on, is a telepath and can't be seen helping Emily. So he guides her telepathically.